Learning Objectives

  • Emphasize how brick is an inherently sustainable material that is good for the environment, and how building with brick creates durable buildings that can last for hundreds of years.
  • Review examples of proper detailing, including how various finishes and joint types can protect against the ingress of water will be presented to demonstrate how brick buildings can last for generations.
  • Gain a general understanding of energy code requirements as they relate to both masonry cavity walls and masonry mass walls.
  • Address the reinforcement of masonry mass walls for the longevity of the buildings and the protection of its inhabitants.
  • Discuss best practices in detailing will be presented, which are intended to extend the longevity of a building and protect its occupants. Proper detailing, including the safe corbelling of brick, as well as arches that visually and safely transfer loads will be illustrated to support these practices.
  • Emphasize how the design of a brick building relates to the physical properties of the material, such as how designing the building/opening dimensions to the brick module results in a simpler building to construct as well as contributes to the sustainable use of material by reducing waste.
  • Present beauty as a key aspect of achieving sustainable construction methods (i.e. “lovable” buildings are more likely to stand the test of time).


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